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Memorial Day Weekend: how to have a safe time on land and water

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With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, families must take precaution concerning the many dangers lurking through the unofficial beginning of summer. From traveling in boats and cars to grilling out in the sun, sometimes the least conspicuous activities can have the most devastating consequences. Here are some safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this summer. Driving From May 18 through May 31, law enforcement agencies will be taking a firmer stance on the “Click it or Ticket” policy. In 2013, only 87 percent of all U.S. motorists wore a seat belt while operating their vehicle. Nearly half of ... Read More

Alabama nurse’s Facebook selfie shows scabs of skin cancer treatment

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An Alabama woman’s Facebook selfie showing her severely scabbed face after skin cancer treatment,  which is serving as a warning to others about the hazards of tanning and skin cancer, has gone viral. “If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like.” Willoughby wrote in her Facebook post. Tawny Willoughby, 27, who is a registered nurse, says she spent much of her teen years perfecting her tan lying in the sun and in tanning beds as much as four to five times a ... Read More

Blue Bell knew it had listeria problems, FDA documents show

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Listeria bacteria was a problem in Blue Bell’s Oklahoma plant as early as March 2013 but the ice cream producer failed to take adequate measures to sanitize its factory, a federal investigation conducted in March and April concluded. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the investigation results after filing a Freedom of Information request. Those documents show the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found violations in all three of Blue Bell’s facilities, but the most extensive violations were found in its Broken Arrow, Okla., plant. According to the AP, the FDA documents reveal inspectors listed 17 separate tests on ... Read More

Blue Bell won’t resume making ice cream for several months

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Blue Bell Creameries said on its website that its ice cream won’t be back in stores for several months as the company cleans it three manufacturing facilities in the wake of a deadly listeria outbreak and develops a plan for its ice cream products to return to production. “Unfortunately, we do not yet have a firm timeline for when Blue Bell Ice Cream will be back in stores, but we believe at this time that it will be several months at a minimum,” said Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse. “We are evaluating all of our operations in light ... Read More

Renosol factory whistleblowers turn spotlight on workplace safety regulations


Selma, Ala., Hyundai supplier Renosol Seating said employees who say or do things it deems harmful to its business may be fired, despite an April 15 federal court order barring the company from retaliating against whistleblowers who voice concerns over their exposure to chemicals that may be making them sick. “If they go so far as to violate company policy and say and do things that are harmful to the company, then yes, they could be terminated,” Mel Stephens, a spokesman for Renosol’s parent company, Lear Corp., told the Montgomery Advertiser. “They are free to express themselves up until they ... Read More

Meltons honored for courage in pursuing justice for victims of GM ignition switch defect

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On April 30, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) honored Ken and Beth Melton, the couple whose daughter’s death led to the recall of millions of General Motors (GM) vehicles, with the Courageous Pursuit of Justice Award. The Meltons’ investigation of their daughter’s car crash revealed an ignition switch defect that caused her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt to slip out of the “on” position, forcing her to run into another vehicle. The GM ignition switch defect turned out to be a widespread problem that the automaker was aware of and hid for more than a decade. In 2013, the Meltons sued GM over ... Read More

Restraining order lets Selma whistleblower return to work


A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday in response to a Selma whistleblower complaint against a Selma, Ala., Hyundai supplier accused of retaliating against whistleblowers who have been voicing concerns over safety violations and exposure to hazardous chemicals on the job. An order filed by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  in An Alabama federal court expressly prohibits the Lear Corporation and subsidiary Resonol Seating from firing, suspending, suing, harassing, threatening, or otherwise retaliating against any of its current or former employees. The Resonol plant employs more than 80 people in an assembly ... Read More

Blue Bell recall expanded to all products

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After initiating two large recalls and suspending operations at an Oklahoma plant, Blue Bell will now be recalling all of its products in order to implement a “test and hold” procedure. The process will allow Blue Bell time to test all of its many ice cream products and determine which are safe and which are not. According to Blue Bell’s press release, all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks are included in this recall due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes, which causes the infection Listeriosis. The ingestion and infection of Listeria monocytogenes in a ... Read More

Former UAB basketball player among 7 killed in Illinois plane crash

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Federal authorities investigating the deadly plane crash involving a private airplane near Bloomington, Ill., April 7 have not yet determined the cause, but say the plane dropped off the radar in while preparing to land in dense fog. The crash killed all seven men aboard, including former University of Alabama basketball player Torrey Ward, who was serving as Illinois State University associate head basketball coach. The twin-engine Cessna 414 was heading back to Illinois from Indianapolis, where the seven friends had gone to see the final NCAA basketball game Monday night. Along with Mr. Ward, 36, the other men who died ... Read More

AT&T data breach complaint settled for $25 million


A data breach affecting nearly 280,000 AT&T subscribers settled for $25 million after call center contractors in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines stole and exposed Social Security numbers and other customer personal information. From November 2013 until April 2014, AT&T call center contractors were responsible for the theft of 68,000 customer personal information records. However, according the complaint released by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investors, the call centers responsible for the AT&T data breach were for helping Spanish-speaking subscribers, not English-speaking. The leaked AT&T subscriber data was used by criminals to submit roughly 300,000 requests to unlock cellphones. Following the ... Read More